Healthcare Employers: Follow Your Instincts by Bernie Reifkind

In the senior housing market or any industry, the hiring of a new employee in a key position is a gamble.

Has the following ever happened to you?

You have a critical job opening in your organization and you just received a great looking resume from an applicant with all the right credentials.  So, you pick up the phone and call this applicant and he/she sounds great and so you arrange an interview.

At the interview, things go great- he/she answers all the questions and everything appears as if you have found the right candidate.

Except for one thing.  Something in the pit of your stomach doesn’t feel right.  You can’t put your finger on it, but something about this candidate doesn’t add up.

So, you do the prudent thing and arrange a second interview and you have one of your colleagues or staff members interview this person as well.

If you still do not feel good about this person my advice is to follow your instincts and slow down the process.  No matter how critical the job is to be filled, you need to slow down and figure out why your gut is telling you that something isn’t right.

When you make a hiring decision, giving the candidate the benefit of the doubt can sometimes lead to a disaster.  Avoid giving someone the benefit of the doubt. 

Remember that you are gambling when you hire and the best gambler’s place their bets when the odds appear to be in their favor.

Trust your instincts.

I am Bernie Reifkind, CEO and founder of Premier Search, Inc.

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